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What’s at Stake

This time, these few words do not pose a question, but rather introduce a statement of known values that now come under threat. The many developments of 2019 in the field of habitat (habitat science, UN programming and governance, housing rights, women’s tenure, the land and natural resources of peoples under occupation, etc.) subject many More

Regional Developments

Complementary Strategy on Small-Scale Family Farming

In 2017 the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) published its first Study on Small-scale Family Farming in the Near East and North Africa Region: Synthesis, along with country-specific studies on the application of the strategy in Egypt, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia.  While Housing and Land Rights Network – Habitat International Coalition (HIC-HLRN) welcomes the effort, More

CSOs Getting Connected with FAO

The International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) is the alliance of civil society organizations cooperating with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO). The IPC secretariat in Rome coordinates and manages civil society’s relationships with the headquarters, but IPC also operates throughout every region, wherever FAO is present. Civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Near East/North Africa (NENA) More

The Arab Group @ the First UN Habitat Assembly

Notes of the Habitat International Coalition – Housing and Land Rights Network on the meeting of the Arab Group on 28 May 2019   NAIROBI—At the first United Nations Habitat Assembly to convene under the new governance structure of UN Habitat, states and stakeholders gathered at Nairobi on 27–31 May 2019. There, on 28 May 2019, the Arab States organized a More

A Strategy on States’ Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations

Habitat International Coalition – Housing and Land Rights Network participated in the biennial Global Meeting of the Extraterritorial Obligations (ETO) Consortium, this time on 21–24 May 2019 in the Ugandan capital of Kampala.  The purpose of the 2019 Global Meeting was to review and evaluate the strategic plan on the extraterritorial human rights obligations of states for 2019–2020, and to identify More

MENA Countries Report on SDGs

While the UN Human Rights Treaty System undergoes a funding crisis, the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) is drawing the UN’s undivided attention in New York to review progress on Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, the HLPF session (9–19 July 2019) convenes in New York to review the performance of 49 states’ Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). As More

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International Developments

HIC Clarity in New UN Habitat Civic Engagement

Habitat International Coalition has issued an open letter to UN Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohammed Sharif, calling for clarity in the intended—and indispensable—cooperation of civil society and other stakeholders with the reforming agency. Since the UN Members States’ adoption of the “New Urban Agenda” as UN Habitat’s normative framework in 2016 and the appointment of new leadership in 2017, the UN More

Human Rights-based Approach @ UN Habitat Assembly

In an event coinciding with the first UN Habitat Assembly at Nairobi, stakeholders assembled to explore the meaning of “Human Rights-based Approaches to Meeting Sustainable Development: Goals and New Urban Agenda Targets for Women, Youth and Children.” Following presentations by panelists from University of East London, UN Habitat, Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network, Huairou Commission, the Advisory Group More

Land Rights for Women in Uganda

How—and how much—housing and land rights violations affect womenDispossession, forced eviction and other land and housing rights violations can have a more-significant and differentiated impact on women, given that women are often more social and economically vulnerable than men. This is particularly true, as women often start out from a position of unequal rights to housing and land. To address More

HIConcern over Treaty System Neglect

The Human Rights Treaty System has long been an island of depoliticized truth seeking within the UN Organization. However, over the years, participants in the UN’s Human Rights Treaty Bodies have grown accustomed to the scarcity of resources and capacity needed to maintain the robust monitoring of the treaty performance of states. This year, the System faces a crisis of More

A Dutch Response on Zimbabwe Evictions

On 24 May 2019 the Dutch Embassy in Zimbabwe replied to emails sent by supporters of the HIC-HLRN Urgent Action concerning a wave of evictions from land and property across Zimbabwe. Among the cases are those in Chiredzi District, Masvingo Province, involving Dutch investors. In February 2019 HIC-HLRN joined with Zimbabwe People`s Land Rights Movement (ZPLRM) in an Urgent Action appeal More

Urgent Action: Tibet Land Defenders Imprisoned

In May 2019, a Chinese court sentenced nine Tibetan land defenders to prison terms ranging between three and seven years for “participating in ‘underworld’ activity.” In response, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) along with HIC-HLRN launched an Urgent Action campaign to bring attention to this injustice and urge the Chinese government to release the activists and More


The Coordinating Committee (CC) of the Civil Society and Indigenous People’s Mechanism (CSM) for relations with the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) met in Collevecchio, Italy in May 2019 to discuss civil society priorities for the next CFS plenary session to be held in October this year, new and current workstreams, the monitoring process and renewal of CC More


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